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That’s why we started Work For Your Beer Spotlights, a series in which we highlight local fitness classes to show you how you can work for your beer beyond the brewery (and support local businesses in the process).
The next spotlight in the series is Budokon Academy Charlotte (BDK). What is Budokon, you may ask? I found myself asking the same question when my Work For Your Beer team member said she signed us and one of our brand ambassadors up for a class. Before we walked into the studio, I could hardly pronounce the word Budokon, let alone describe what it was.
Then, I learned that Budokon Academy Charlotte is a Mixed Movement Arts Academy that integrates Martial Arts, Yoga, Calisthenics, and Animal Locomotion. You can learn a little more about the academy from a Charlotte Five article that was written when the studio was getting ready to open.
This workout was going to be unlike anything any of us had experienced, but we were ready to take on the challenge.
Read on to learn what Budokon is all about.
Location: South End
Address: 2935 Griffth St. Charlotte, NC 28203
Company Social: Facebook | Instagram
Owner's Social: Andres Pico's Instagram | Irene King's Instagram
All-around the space is STUNNING. The lobby is bright and open. It includes items for purchase, such as BDK gear and jewelry made by local artisans from Ecuador. The jewelry is all free-trade and is made by hand using ivory palm tree nuts from the rainforest, melon seeds, and other natural elements.
Off of the gym is the yoga studio that offers high ceilings and beautiful exposed brick. The perfect space to find your inner zen.
BDK Yoga | "This class covers the BDK yoga primary series and is suitable for everyone. We explore the art of seamless transition, coupled with the beauty of circular rotation, focusing on gaining functional strength, cardiovascular stamina and joint mobility."
BDK Mobility & Agility Flow | "This class explores hip, spine and shoulder mobility through a variety of yogic transitions, animal locomotion and martial arts techniques that will change the way you move. gaining power from the core through the pelvic floor is the foundation for agile movement. this class is appropriate for everyone."
BDK Calisthenics | "This class uses boxing and calisthenic exercises including bars, rings, and animal locomotion to help build a solid foundation of strength, agility and cardio. this one hour class will give you a full body workout and energize your for your day. It is appropriate for everyone."
BDK Mixed Martial Arts | "This class uses a combination of striking techniques from boxing, karate, and taekwondo to help build a solid foundation of skill, stamina, and practical self defense. sparring equipment including boxing gloves, shin guards, and mouth guard are all required. the class is appropriate for everyone."
Here are a few membership options:
Drop-in Class: $25
Two Weeks Unlimited: $44
Monthly Membership Unlimited: $220
BDK Yoga 10 Class Pack: $175
BDK Mover 10 Class Pack: $205
A full list of their packages and pricing can be found on their 'Mindbody' App under the 'Buy' option.
We started with BDK Mobility & Agility Flow. As you would expect, this class involves a lot of flowing movements. We started with some light stretching and then began to combine movements into a sequence. Before you knew it, everything became one fluid motion. While it felt a little awkward at first, you eventually get the hang of it.
The best part is it was a lot of fun! It felt like when you were a kid playing around on the mats at you school gym.
After yoga, we moved in BDK Mixed Martial Arts. This class incorporated a lot of what you would expect a martial arts class to include, such as jabbing and kicking. It reminded me a lot of a kickboxing class, where some of the movements are with and without punching bags.
This class also include what I would consider self-defense moves. We learned how to get out of a sticky situation if someone were to be standing over you. You had to use your arms to grab the other person's ankle and launch yourself through their legs by engaging your core. It was a lot easier said than done.
While these moves were a lot of fun to monkey around with, they definitely worked muscles that we don't typically use and we definitely worked up a sweat!
The Bottom Line
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